Good afternoon from Pittsburgh International Airport, where we're probably going to have to deice. The Kings practiced at PPG Paints Arena after an icy commute from the team hotel, and while it was an optional practice, a good contingent of players still donned skates. Because it was an optional, th... Read More
Alec Martinez, on whether this was a typical Kings-Devils game:
Yeah, bore everyone to death, is that what you were referring? No, I’m just kidding. It’s two teams that play similarly. They take a lot of pride on their forecheck, play strong defensively, they’ve got a mobile back end and our forwar... Read More
It’s almost certainly not a permanent move, but because of the injuries that have hit the Kings, Darryl Sutter has chosen to stack Tanner Pearson, Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli together at even strength for tonight’s game against the Colorado Avalanche.
Normally this wouldn’t be cause for a story... Read More
Tanner Pearson, on whether coming away with one point is a sort of “moral victory”:
Yeah I think that one penalty kind of killed us in the first and then being down one in the third period on the road and coming back and you could say almost winning it. Yeah it wasn’t the outcome but we definitely ... Read More
So, that Kings power play. Since Jake Muzzin’s goal in the second period of a 3-2 overtime win over Nashville on October 27, they’ve been shut out on their last 20 attempts.
Even more halting: Los Angeles’ top unit hasn’t scored since Tyler Toffoli’s goal in San Jose 82 seconds into the season. T... Read More
Jake Muzzin, on the team’s scoring struggles during the two-game road trip:
Well we got to look at some stuff, obviously, and try to create more offensively. I thought in St. Louis the other night we played solid but we couldn’t find the net. We had some chances and we got to bare down on some of ou... Read More
As much as we’d like to believe in the predictive ability of certain advanced stats, there’s simply no way to foretell the immediate future in any definite sense. Sure, the Carolina Hurricanes may have a league-low 947 PDO (What is PDO?), and it may be a safe bet to project them going on a stretch o... Read More
On the team’s performance in the win:
We played pretty much similar to our last game. It was a real complete game.
On how overtime puck management is taught and reinforced:
We’re trying to play close together and hang on to the puck and check when the other team has it.
On whether there’s any diff... Read More
Element of speed boosts Pearson-Carter-Setoguchi
So, what did the Kings receive in the two most recent games that wasn’t there for them in the previous two? How about Tanner Pearson’s three goals, one assist, plus-four rating, seven shots on goal, three penalties drawn and one forechecking stick ti... Read More